For those of you touring Germany this Fall, please stop in to your local quilt store for a copy of Quilt & Textilkunst Patchwork Professional.
You’ll know which magazine to pick up by the sight of my blue chair, Arm Chair Gardener, featured on the cover.
There is also a gift inside for you.
A free tutorial shows you how to make this free-form Yellow Chair embroidery on wool. Step-by-step directions and images lead you through the process.
Not in Germany? Unable to read the German directions? Ah, then I have a solution for you. Check out the Yellow Chair Tutorial on my website. And here is a Yellow Chair Stitch Kit to get you started.
Ready for another Stitch Along? Using techniques from my new book Joyful Stitching, I’ll show you step-by-step how to make this lively paint brush. It only uses 7 hand embroidery stitches and there is a pattern ready for you to print and trace.
There is also a Stitch Kit available for the Paint Brush Stitch Along. You can select one or all of the items to make the brush: the wool background fabric, hand dyed threads, and embroidery needles.
Click here to begin your Paint Brush Stitch Along. If you can’t join the Stitch Along today, you can always find it and other Stitch Alongs here under Tutorials.
The Sheaf Stitch is another embroidery stitch that heaps thread on the surface of fabric.(Here you see it being used in the Silk Stitch Along Tutorial .) A tidy bundle, long stitches of thread are cinched together and look like sheaves of wheat.
But my wheat sheaving days are over so I like to top the Sheaf Stitch with a French Knot or a Bullion Knot to make a flower. Here are directions for making the Sheaf Stitch. Have fun!
In celebration of having a new book almost published (Joyful Stitching comes out in February), I’d like to get you warmed up for embroidery with a free tutorial on making this Wooly Bird. Sadly, he didn’t make the cut for the book but you’ll find his free pattern and stitch directions on the Wooly Bird Stitch Along.
And in further celebration! (Cause I’m such a party gal.) I’ll be giving away a free swatch of wool along with a free pattern for the bird with every order placed on the Artfabrik Store. This offer is good now through the end of the year. It’s our choice of color but the wool is just the right size and weight for your Wooly Bird project.
I don’t dye wool. But I do buy wool. And I have a favorite hand-dyed wool supplier you may be interested in,Tracy Trevethan. Tracy has a wide range of bright, clear colors.
Check out the Wool Stitch Along
The wool Tracy dyes is perfect for the Wool Stitch along project where we make a leaf. The leaf is sort of a sampler of different embroidery stitches and combinations that make texture and pattern. So get some of that yummy wool by Tracy Trevethan and give it a try!
Time to finish this small embroidery and dream of making the next one. In the beginning you’ll remember that we fused the silk background fabric and ironed it to a smaller piece of batting leaving a 1″ boarder of fabric around the edge. We’ll wrap that edge to the back now, finishing the piece.
Here are the next stitching steps for the Silk Stitch Along:
- Fold a corner back onto the batting at at a 90 degree angle. Fuse the corner into place with a hot iron.
- Repeat this at each corner.
- Fold each side onto the batting making a sharp corner. Fuse the sides down with a hot iron.
- Cut a piece of felt to measure about 1/4″ smaller on each edge than the size of the piece.
- Stitch the felt to the back of the piece with a Running Stitch.
The complete tutorial for the Silk Stitch Along is found on the Tutorials Page of this website.
I hope you enjoyed it!